Mikko Eloranta tipped a shot past the Washington Capitals' Olaf Kolzig with 3 minutes 22 seconds left to lift Finland to a 2-1 win over visiting Germany and into the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey.
"It was the biggest goal in my career, but hopefully there will be another even bigger goal," said Eloranta, one of only two players from the Finnish League on Finland's roster.
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen took a pass from Olli Jokinen and fired the shot from the point that Eloranta deflected just in front of the goal.
"I saw the puck coming all the way and deflected it. I had no idea where it went because I had my back to the goal," Eloranta said. "But of course I knew where the cage was."
Finland, which finished atop the European pool, will play the winner of the game between the defending champion United States and Russia when the tournament moves to North America for the semifinals.
* BASKETBALL: Veteran center Dikembe Mutombo said he has agreed to a trade that will send him from the Chicago Bulls to the Houston Rockets for three players.
Mutombo thinks playing for Houston will be a "perfect fit," playing alongside starting center Yao Ming, the Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition last night. Mutombo told the newspaper he agreed to the deal involving Eric Piatkowski, Adrian Griffin and Mike Wilks on Friday.
Rockets General Manager Carroll Dawson told the Chronicle the deal hasn't been finalized.
* HORSE RACING: Love of Money, making his fourth lifetime start and first in a stakes race, led all the way to win the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Pa.
Robbie Alvarado took the 3-year-old to the lead in the field of 12 as soon as the starting gate opened and Love of Money pulled away over 11/8 miles for an 81/2-length win over Pollard's Vision, the winner of the Illinois Derby and the Leonard Richards Stake in Delaware. The winner was timed in 1:48.4. Swingforthefences was third. Maryland-based Tapit, the favorite at odds of 3-1, finished ninth.
* SOCCER: Diego Maradona received permission from a judge to return to Cuba and resume drug rehabilitation. He was expected to travel from Argentina to Cuba with his father, a sister and personal physician for treatment at a Havana mental hospital, said Hector Leguizamon, a member of Maradona's legal team.
-- From News Services